American Association of School Librarians

Rosen Publishing Group sponsors AASL Distinguished Service Award

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is pleased to announce The Rosen Publishing Group as the new sponsor of the AASL Distinguished Service Award. The prestigious award recognizes an individual member of the library profession who has, over a significant period, made an outstanding national contribution to school librarianship and school library development. Nominated by their peers in the profession, award recipients receive $3,000 and are honored at the AASL Awards Ceremony during ALA Annual Conference.

AASL Webinar Presenters Wanted

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites subject matter experts to submit proposals for webinars 30-60 minutes in length. Proposals may be submitted using the AASL Get Involved form

AASL welcomes new Knowledge Quest bloggers

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is proud to welcome an additional cast of bloggers for its Knowledge Quest websiteKnowledge Quest offers breaking news, inspired blogs, and passionate conversations to develop insightful professionals and stronger communities. It is the ultimate vehicle to empower school librarians as they transform learning for their students.

AASL releases guide addressing challenges related to censorship and LGBTQ+ materials

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has released a new resource guide to support school librarians addressing challenges related to censorship and patron privacy issues, particularly with LGBTQ+ materials. “Defending Intellectual Freedom: LGBTQ+ Materials in School Libraries” contains resources, links, and activities scaffolded by the newly released AASL “National School Library Standards.” The guide, along with supporting materials, can be downloaded at standards.aasl.org/project/lgbtq.

Literacy instruction and teacher collaboration examined in new School Library Research article

CHICAGO – New research published in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR), examines school librarians' knowledge and perception of literacy instruction in light of the new teacher collaboration opportunities created by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). SLR promotes and publishes high-quality original research concerning the management, implementation and evaluation of school library programs.

Arkansas public school system wins ALA school library award for cemetery-based research project

CHICAGO — Danville (Arkansas) Public Schools has been named the winner of the 2018 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming, an annual award from the American Library Association (ALA) that recognizes outstanding library programming in schools serving K-8 students.

The winning program, Tales of the Crypt: Danville’s Living History, used a historic local cemetery as a basis for a multidisciplinary student project about historical persons and the history of the town of Danville.

Denine Torr from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation recognized with AASL Crystal Apple Award

CHICAGO – Denine Torr, senior director of community initiatives at the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Crystal Apple by American Association of School Librarians (AASL) President Steven Yates. The Crystal Apple honor is given at the discretion of the AASL President to an individual or group that has had a significant impact on school libraries and students.

Social Media Savvy Members Sought for New AASL Posting Group

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) seeks school library professionals to serve as members of the AASL Social Media Posting Group. Group members will be tasked with curating and composing social media posts to share on AASL platforms. To apply, visit www.ala.org/aasl/social-media.

School Library Research article examines computational thinking and curriculum integration

CHICAGO – New research published in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR), examines the ways computational thinking can be better incorporated into graduate-level library science curriculum. SLR promotes and publishes high-quality original research concerning the management, implementation and evaluation of school library programs.

Slow summer learning with the AASL Standards

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is easing into summer learning with an online book discussion of its newly released “National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries.” Termed a slow chat, the discussion will take place via Twitter. School library professionals with Twitter accounts can follow the hashtags #AASLstandards and #AASLowchat to participate.